Vehicle Registration Special Information

Earlier this year, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet granted a grace period for all vehicle and vessel registrations and disabled parking placards administered by county clerks or the Cabinet. That window, which was created to ease the burden on those adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, will continue with no penalties through the close of business on Oct. 6.

However, beginning Oct. 7, any unpaid registration or placard due at the end of September or earlier will be considered past due and a penalty will be added for the entire overdue period. That means registrations due at the end of March will have seven months of penalties tacked on to the original bill.

Registrations can be renewed in Harlan County Clerk Donna Hoskins office 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

When renewing your registration, be sure to bring:

  • Kentucky certificate of registration or card you received

  • Current original proof of Kentucky insurance effective date within 45 days of the date you renew your registration.

  • Money for fees and applicable taxes in the form of cash, check or debit or credit card. There is an additional fee to use a debit or credit card.

Kentuckians may also renew registrations for vehicles, trailers, and campers online at or by mail.

Boats may be renewed in-person at county clerk offices or through the mail. Disabled parking placards must be renewed in-person.